This Weekend in Sydney

Sydney’s schedule is heating up, with Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras events starting this weekend throughout the city. Eat, drink and search your way through Sydney with plenty of tantalising and intriguing options that’ll help keep that Valentine’s Day high all the way to Monday. 

GO: Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Opening Night

Friday the 16th of February sees the opening of the Chinese New Year festival run by the City of Sydney. Fireworks will light up the sky, the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s skin will turn red, and the Lunar zodiac will be on display in lantern form around Circular Quay, making for a visually spectacular night out in Sydney this weekend. Mosey on up from Circular Quay to Customs House where Frameshift, an aerial theatre show of vertical performance and contemporary dance, will be manoeuvring across scaffolding and turning the Sydney skyline into their playground. The festival is free; check out more details online.

EAT: Lotus X Black Star Pastry X Valrhona Collaboration Dessert Degustation

Celebrate the Lunar New Year in the best way possible; with an interactive dessert degustation running from the 17th- 18th of February at Lotus. In collaboration with Valrhona chocolate, Lotus’ head pastry chef Tiffany Jones and Black Star’s pastry executive chef Sam Yeo will showcase the finest sweet treats and change perceptions of what Asian desserts can be. Tickets available online.

SEE: Museum of Love and Protest – Love is Love night

The National Art School’s exhibition ‘the Museum of Love & Protest’ is starting this Friday 16th of February; kicking off the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations for 2018. The exhibition presents 40 years of love, protest, diversity and pride in the form of an immersive exhibition, showing off an amazing display of costumes, photographs and rarely-seen film footage and photographs telling the story of the Gay and Lesbian community throughout the years. This Friday, the first night of the exhibition is ‘Love is Love Night’, and features a special line up of DJ’s, speakers and artists to celebrate the opening night.

This event is free, register online:

Drink: Valentines Day Cocktail Week

Treat your valentine(s) to a whole week of alcoholic celebrations this year with The Loft’s Cocktail Week. Featuring 4 ‘love inspired’ cocktails with Archie Rose Gin, spend some quality time with your special someone this weekend (or just enjoy a good drink with friends for the single folk out there). Ending February 18th, head on down to King St Wharf’s The Loft before this week of love is over. Booking details are online.